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This is a relatively new addition to the Grand's repertoire, taking the place of Brix, its ambitious European restaurant. Though IT bills itself as an Italian restaurant (IT? Short for Italian! Get it?) it is really a pizza and pasta place. That said, the pastas are of a high quality and though the pizzas could do with a little tweaking, they are generally satisfying. The chef is Indian, which may surprise you, given the authenticity of the pastas.
‘IT’ is the new Italian restaurant to join The Grand, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, repertoire. IT replace the hotel’s European restaurant Brix and has quickly managed to wiggle in the hearts of gastronome. You would be amazed to know the chef of IT is Indian considering the authenticity of the pastas. The way to restaurant is not signposted so ask the staff to guide you. You would straight away notice the European influence in the décor. The dark wooden beam ceiling is lighted up with LED candles and the room itself is flanked by large picture windows. Though the dark ceiling should shrink the room it doesn’t happen. Instead the wide room is airy and somewhat beautiful to be in. Semi private dining areas can easily host your large party piling them with good food and lovely wines. IT makes a wonderful place for a romantic dinner surrounded by the exotic ambience.
The menu of IT is completely Italian so expect to see every kind of pastas and pizzas. Not very extensive the menu is a collection of beloved recipes starting with antipasti. Fried seafood & apple salad, smoked salmon with onion rings, cocktail of prawn with thousand island dressing, chicken paprika soup, buffalo tenderloin carpaccio, assorted lettuce salad, cream soup with porcini mushroom, baby spinach ricotta pudding, bruschetta and asparagus & prawn soup. No Italian meal is done without some pasta. Revel in spinach ravioli & mushroom tortellini in pink sauce, penne with smoked salmon, pumpkin gnocchi, exotic vegetable lasagne with tomato sauce, torchittie with vegetables in pink saice and rigatoni with chicken in alfredo sauce. Risotto like primavera, smoked chicken lamb risotto and porcini mushroom risotto is your other obvious choice to pair with smooth glass of wine.
IT will present you various options in mains section. You will find out the delicious, grilled lobster & jumbo prawn in white wine, spicy seafood bouillabaisse, Muscovy confit duck, tender chicken picatta with wine sauce, marsala infused braised lamb shank, tenderloin in basil jus, cheese stuffed polenta with sautéed spinach & mushroom, salmon & snapper steak in saffron almond sauce, stuffed chicken breast in basil jus and sea bass fillet in capper butter sauce. Pizzas with multiple toppings can also be savoured. Italian desserts like, apple tart & chocolate mousse, tiramisu, pannacotta and lemon tart & amaretto flavoured strawberry zuccotto, can be tried out. IT is expensive but a memorable experience worth having once.